Want to get your hands on a new Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but find the existing range-topping C400 too pedestrian and can't stretch to (or wait for) the upcoming new C63 AMG? We've got some good news for you, friend.

The latest word from Stuttgart has it that Mercedes is planning to bridge the gap with a new C450 Sport. Though not a full-on AMG model, it is said to benefit from the input of the engineers in Affalterbach. Power is tipped to come from the same 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 as the C400, but instead of 329 horsepower, it would offer more like 367.

The model would likely be offered in either rear-drive or rear-biased 4Matic all-wheel drive, but the smart money is on MBUSA only offering the latter in North America. You could, of course, expect to pay a premium over the as-yet unconfirmed price of the C400 – a good three grand or more considering the difference between the outgoing C300 and C350.

Considering that you could probably get the same boost out of an aftermarket ECU remap, though, Benz will need to offer a little extra in the form of upgraded rolling stock, suspension and trim to set it apart. The AMG Line exterior trim package pictured above would probably be a good place to start...


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      malgu
      • 8 Months Ago
      Can they go back to names with displacement? In a few generations, we'll be at C9000
        May
        • 8 Months Ago
        @malgu
        No because the same engine can deliver two or three different power figures.
      Jonathan
      • 8 Months Ago
      3 liter engine = 450. Sure. Ok. Why not. Mercedes needs to cut this out. People don't even really care about the numbers, I promise you. 450 is what the 4.6 liter engine chould be called. Pretty simple stuff. People buy the C250, which came AFTER the C300. Come on now...
      ndukyh
      • 8 Months Ago
      Sounds similar to the M-Performance (MPA) line from BMW. Will be interesting to hear more about it
        JeepinBen
        • 8 Months Ago
        @ndukyh
        And the Caddy V-Sport models. And (as mentioned elsewhere) Audi's S Models. Everybody's got to play the game.
      ARM
      • 8 Months Ago
      I agree that the car seems to match the money in your pocket rather than having distinct classes of vehicles that fit your need or desire. The classes use to mean something S was just a little nicer than E which was a little nicer than C. Now the class means less Is more a matter of 250 or 350 or 400 or 450 or 550 and we will decide what class you can afford. It is becomming more like BMW 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. I think Mercedes is saturating the market with more or less the same vehicle. Other than 2 grand what is the real difference in a C400 vs a E400?
      audisp0rta4
      • 8 Months Ago
      Yet another sign that MBZ is the new "Ultimate Driving Machine".
        Serj
        • 8 Months Ago
        @audisp0rta4
        not even close....
        Stridenttube
        • 8 Months Ago
        @audisp0rta4
        Nice cars, but different target audiences. MB is more luxury and BMW is more sport oriented. BMW seems to have better infotainment options.
      carguy1701
      • 8 Months Ago
      Only 367? I know that this isn't a full bore AMG, but still, for something that supposedly being developed with their input, that seems like a low number. Also >The model would likely be offered in either rear-drive or rear-biased 4Matic all-wheel drive, but the smart money is on MBUSA only offering the latter in North America. And the stupification of our species continues...
        Eskimo
        • 8 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        Stupid talking about stupiification.. Classic.
      Eskimo
      • 8 Months Ago
      AMG needs to give the next C63 BOTH AWD and DCT. That combination will result in the ultimate daily driver when combined with the projected 4.0 TT V8.
        CadiVetteFerrari
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Eskimo
        You're word means sh** when you are the one who acts like a 2 year old with your posts incessantly about how the Corvette needs DCT and AWD. Maybe if you acted a little more civilized and not like a troll with attention issues, you might get the benefit of the doubt. Otherwise, for most here, everything you say is just noise, whether your info is correct or not. Sorry, but it's true.
        carguy1701
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Eskimo
        1. Mercedes doesn't have a DCT that will bolt to longitudinal engines; the SLS unit is a transaxle (and only designed for that car) and the CLA unit is for FF applications. 2. Pretty sure the head honcho of AMG said the C63 is gonna stay RWD.
          carguy1701
          • 8 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          >You don't work on them Actually, I'm going to school for it. >you don't own them I've got the I30. She ain't much, but she is what she is. Better than a Civic, at any rate >you've never been to a race track Actually, yes, I have. A few times, in fact. Autobahn Country Club in Joliet. Lovely place. Here's the website http://autobahncc.com/ I do so enjoy sparring with you, Rob.
          carguy1701
          • 8 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          Yeah, but it doesn't have provisions for a longitudinally mounted transaxle (like how the one in the SLS is mounted). Is research a foreign concept to you? The C63 is going to retain the AMG MCT, bet on it. >Claiming MB can't fit a DCT to the C-class because the transmission bolts up to the engine, instead of the axle, is stupid, They can get it done if they choose to......like BMW, Porsche, Audi, VW, etc, etc. Mercedes DOES NOT have a longitudinal DCT intended to mount to the engine. The SLS one is bespoke, like much of the oily bits on that car, and they have not announced plans to switch AMG models to a DCT. I realize you live in a world where you lord over all, but this is the real world, not ROb's fantasy world.
          Eskimo
          • 8 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          Claiming MB can't fit a DCT to the C-class because the transmission bolts up to the engine, instead of the axle, is stupid, They can get it done if they choose to......like BMW, Porsche, Audi, VW, etc, etc. Please stop regurgitating things you read in magazines because you have no real world experience and understanding of mechanics or cars.
          Eskimo
          • 8 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          The C-class DOES have a longitudinal engine. Stop making a fool of yourself and pretending to know anything about cars. You don't work on them, your don't own them, you've never been to a race track, and everyone is aware that you are completely clueless. STOP.
      Bernard
      • 8 Months Ago
      You just have to love the German approach to marketing turbocharged cars. Just adjust the boost pressure slightly and charge a $5k premium for it. Those suckers will eat it up, right? :-\
        Lachmund
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Bernard
        We know not to take you seriously since you just love to hate on anything german on here...still you don't seem to know much about engineering if you think only upping the pressure is enough if you want more (reliable) HP. Until then we wait for the day where you show me where in the market we can get HP for free.
          manofdahk
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Lachmund
          I find it humorous that you're all over the place bashing Japanese brands (primarily Lexus, I've noticed), and yet you're getting all butthurt over someone criticizing a German brand.
          Bernard
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Lachmund
          Hook, line, and sinker. And that's $112 for floor mats, $70 for mud flaps, $60 for a cargo net, and you said you want to keep your key in your pocket like all the Infiniti drivers do? That's another $700 for keyless go tech from 6 years ago...
      Zoctor Ziglari
      • 8 Months Ago
      Bring the Coupe!!!!
        Dfelix70
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Zoctor Ziglari
        Yes, I cannot wait for them to replace the coupe. If it end up looking like a mini-S-Class-Coupe, then Benz will have a MAJOR segment leader on its hands.
      Tyresian
      • 8 Months Ago
      I love that Mercedes is doing this... But I feel like there is an over saturation of vehicle models and options. There are so many variations and internal competition now it is very confusing to the consumer. I love having more flexibility and options and if they can sustain it, great. But now We will have this and the AMG CLA45, it was already interesting enough trying to comare that with the C350. Granted the C series interior is still much nicer, thank goodness.
        Bernard
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Tyresian
        MB Dealer: "How much horsepower would you like?" Customer: "What's a horsepower?" MB Dealer: "Ok, 360. We have just the model for you." Customer: "Ah, that's $2000 more than I wanted to spend." MB Dealer: "No problem, we have the 350hp model right here. Would you like floor mats with that?" ...
      Dfelix70
      • 8 Months Ago
      So, in essence, they are further distancing the entire C-class from the entry-level CLA. A very good move. It will be interesting to see what the entry-level C will offer below the C400 and C450.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 8 Months Ago
      MB is targeting every market. This c450 will be 50s loaded. Starting might be 40s.
        ferps
        • 8 Months Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        keep dreaming. more like mid 60s loaded.
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